If you've been to Mass here in our parking lot over the past month, or if you've been a part of Alpha over the past five years, you will know Steven. At Alpha he's known as Chef Steven; online for our Masses and programs, he's the tech guy, and in the parking lot, he's waving you into your parking spot.
Steven worked here in Salem a few years back in the role of Campus Minister, and although he was laid off when the Collaborative parishes started to transition to a new parish, he never stopped helping, serving, and loving this community. And now we are so happy to say that Steven is back on our staff, in the new role of Director of Family Engagement.
This position is funded through a generous grant from a local Catholic family. The funders wanted to help parishes grow in their outreach to youth, young adults, and families with children. MQOA is one of three parishes selected to receive this grant because we are offering faith formation in innovative ways. Our funders chose parishes who have let go of the traditional, classroom-based, child-centered CCD model, and want to support our work in finding fruitful ways to support families and young people in their discipleship walk. We are so thankful for this grant, which allows us to creatively expand the ministry we're already offering families, in new ways.
Steven is perfect for this role, bringing with him years of experience working in Youth Ministry, family faith formation, and, of course, his experience here in Salem. He's already taken us to new heights, technology-wise, and we're excited for what we're going to build together here at MQOA, now that he's joined the team.
If you see Steven this week, please welcome him to his new role. And of course, please keep Steven, MQOA, and our funders in your prayers!
We're so excited to be able to continue Drive-In Mass this Sunday. If you'd like to join us for Mass this Sunday, please register your family. Please note that if it is rainy or too hot (over 80F), we will not hold outdoor Masses.
We'll continue to offer our weekend Online Mass, as well, and will continue our regular schedule of offerings until we're ready to make changes safely and prayerfully. The Cardinal's dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation continues for everyone, even if Masses are being offered in churches in their area.
6:00 PM Sunday join us for our new night of prayer, praise and connection called Something More. It's less like Mass and more like a combination of coffee/donuts and Alpha nights.
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